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Iranian #national #charged with #hacking #HBO

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

The Department of Justice on Tuesday charged an Iranian national with hacking the computer servers of HBO and seeking to extort the company after stealing episodes and scripts of popular shows, including “Game of Thrones.”

Behzad Mesri, aka “Skote Vashat,” was charged with fraud, aggravated identity theft and interstate transmission of an extortionate communication, among other charges, according to a new unsealed indictment.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York, Mesri is not in custody. The FBI released a “wanted” poster of Mesri Tuesday afternoon, and said he speaks Farsi, currently resides in Iran and is a flight risk.

The prosecutors’ office also said they were not aware of any U.S. lawyer for the defendant.

Assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York field office Bill Sweeney said at a news briefing that Mesri “lurked in the alleyways of the Internet, identified the vulnerabilities of his victim, pickpocketed their information from thousands of miles away and sought a ransom. Today’s charges show that international cybercriminals are never beyond the reach of U.S. laws.”

Mesri, who was a “self-professed expert in computer hacking techniques,” according to the indictment, at one point worked on behalf of the Iranian military to “conduct computer network attacks that targeted military systems, nuclear software systems and Israeli infrastructure.”

The indictment also reveals Mesri defaced hundreds of websites in both the U.S. and globally under his pseudonym Skote Vashat.

Between May and August, Mesri began his hacking and extortion scheme of HBO, working to obtain “unauthorized access to HBO’s computer systems” and “steal proprietary data from those systems.”

Mesri then attempted to extort HBO for $6 million worth of Bitcoin, a form of digital currency.

The confidential and proprietary data belonging to HBO he stole included video files of unaired episodes of “Ballers,” “Barry,” “Room 104,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and “The Deuce,” scripts and plots for “Game of Thrones,” cast and crew contact lists, financial documents, emails belonging to at least one HBO employee, and log in information for HBO social media accounts.

The extortion scheme began in July, the indictment alleges.

“Hi to All losers! Yes it’s true! HBO is hacked! … Beware of heart Attack!!!” an anonymous email sent to HBO personnel on July 23 included in the complaint reads. The email claimed 1.5 terabytes of data was stolen.

The indictment alleges starting around July 30 and continuing to at least August, the defendant leaked portions of the stolen data to the Internet on websites he controlled.

HBO, which is owned by Time Warner, struggled over the summer with numerous high-profile hackings. A group called OurMine hijacked HBO’s main Twitter account, as well as other HBO shows’ accounts.

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Edison man charged in hacking, wiretapping scheme

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EDISON – A township man was arrested Thursday for alleged computer hacking and wiretapping of his former company’s email server, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick said in a statement. Jian Yang Zhang, also known as Kevin Zhang,” 37, is charged with one count of unauthorized access of a protected…

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17-year-old charged with voyeurism as police investigate social media hacking case

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Vancouver police arrested a 17-year-old boy on voyeurism charges while investigating a case where someone hacked into a girl’s social media account and shared nude photos of her. The Vancouver Police School Resource Officer assigned to Union High School first began investigating the incident on Monday, September 18. A girl…

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Westport teen behind 2015 fake shooter report charged with hacking, ID theft

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A 17-year-old Westport juvenile — the same youth responsible for calling in a fake active shooter incident at Westport High School in 2015 — was arrested Thursday for hacking into a Texas man’s Amazon account and buying $1,000 in computer equipment, police said. Detective Jeffrey Majewski said the male juvenile,…

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6 charged with stealing checks from Anchorage mail and vehicles to get cash

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Six Anchorage residents have been charged with stealing checks from the mail and vehicles and using them to get cash at banks and stores across the city over a 10-month period, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Thursday. Acting U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder said in a prepared statement that Sara James,…

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Boys, 11 and 12, Charged With Raping 11-Year-Old Girl in Boynton Beach

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Substitute teacher is charged with sexual assault

To Purchase This Product/Services, Go To The Store Link Above Or Go To http://www.become007.com/store/ ELIZABETH, NJ — A substitute teacher at an Elizabeth middle school has been arrested and charged with engaging in a sexual relationship with a student, according to a June 23 press …

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Two charged with running hacking service used in ‘major computer intrusions’ of U.S. businesses

To Purchase This Product/Services, Go To The Store Link Above Or Go To http://www.become007.com/store/ Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Two men from Latvia ran a malware service that has been in operation for more than a decade and used in major …

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Wichita Falls Man Charged with Possession of Child Pornography

To Purchase This Product/Services, Go To The Store Link Above Or Go To http://www.become007.com/store/ A 37-year-old Wichita Falls man is facing 10 counts of child pornography after an investigation that began about 4 months ago. On February 16th officers with the WFPD’s Crimes Against Children …

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